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tonight. thanks our show, i'm ali velshi, thanks for joining us. >> hello, i'm richard gizbert and you're watching a special edition of the listening post. every week on this program, we take a close critical look at the global news media. this time, we're doing something different. we're going to talk about a man who coined a phrase we often repeat but seldom stop to explain. you may have never heard of marshall mcluhan, a canadian professor of literature turned high priest of media theory, but you're probably familiar with his most widely quoted adage - 'the medium is the message'. in the 1960s, long before anybody had a facebook page, posted their whereabouts on twitter, uploaded images on youtube or exposed government secrets on wikileaks, marshall mcluhan made a series of pronouncements about the changing media landscape. what he said then still resonates in the wired world we inhabit today. mcluhan was writing about the effects of the mass media on contemporary life, talking mostly about television. however, his ideas and predictions proved prophetic and, in the tumult of
interesting and, at times, contrarian views on new and social media and how many of us see its potential impact on society. in short, he thinks we're naïve, idealistic and should be prepared to be disappointed. but first, the media now compared to the message then from marshall mcluhan. >> at the speed of light, there's no sequence. everything happens at the same instant. when you don't have a physical body, you're a discarnate being. you have a very different relation to the world around you and this, i think, has been one of the big effects of the electric age. there's a new kind of humor that exists in america called the one liner. you used to have jokes, stories, but no more. only one liners now. everything happens at once and there's no continuity, there's no connection, there's no follow through. it's just all now. >> i mean, marshall mcluhan was a canadian academic who studied renaissance literature, but strangely created a second career for himself as a sort of media guru, explaining to people what the effect of the mass media, which were relatively new in the 1960s, what effect
. the question for us is what kind of news coverage will the chinese people see and what do the powers that we have in mind for the future of journalism in china. a year into the leadership. general secretly xi jinping, the government is playing cat and mouse with the media. beijing's control over news media is no doubt. they are struggling to deal with sina weibo, a twitter like feed doubling as a rumour mill. big vs don't just have thousands of followers, they have millions. when they blog about political and social issues word spreads. the propaganda chiefs are dishing out gaol terms to those who start rumours and they spread over the web. >> there's a growing problem with corruption in journalism itself in china. as one newspaper "the new express" found out to its peril. the starting point the capital. most populist news-hungry country on the planet - beijing. >> they are aware of the power of the internet. at the same time they try to keep a rein. >> anything to do with ideology, control. >> the government uses the technique to kill the chicken to scare the monkey. >> the government has r
, children, relatives and staff, he said, and vow not to use power for personal gain. all aroun around the world our r leaders in politics have family members who benefit from their connections in the country. china is no different. but what is different is that the chinese government and the communist party are trying to set themselves up as this model where everyone is equal. people are in position of power don't get favors, and they're trying to crackdown on corruption. and what the bloomberg report did was expose in numbers the extent of family members and senior politicians and the incoming president of children, xi jingping. >> the implication is how did their families become so wealthy, and their families have benefited from their connection with senior officials, and so the government was quite upset. >> the china reacted directly. the ambassador to the u.s. urged them not to run the story, although they did in the end. and afterwards there was retaliation in terms of the sale of they are terminal. the website was blocked. they don't have a lot of readership in china, but if th
. the arrest ab picking word for histercal is hysteri used that word to describe mohammed morsi in his first court appearance. al basmati waton went off script saying morsi had a screaming fit. egyptian newspapers are popular. in a country he trees with a lit racy rate of 70%, television packs a punch and that's where the change has occurred. >> what they have done in terms of controlling media coverage is that they have shut down most islamist media outlets and the framing of the trial. t.v. was running on loop footage of some of the violence by pro-morsi protesters, a montage of duplicity and violence by the broth brotherhood. the entire establishment media is very much framed it as he is already guilty. >> the state television was the only tell vision network that was permitted to release video graphic content from the trial. conversely, there is a private newspaper that has taken a very strong stance in support of the interim government. they, too, were given an opportunity to produce leaks from the trial. so, in a sense, it's an attempt to arkansas tech structurally steer public discour
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